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#17: Citizen Ruth (1996)

#17: Citizen Ruth (1996)

September 16, 2018

As an actor, how does one follow a performance in a record breaking blockbuster like JURASSIC PARK? If one is Laura Dern, you star in a controversial indie film by a first-time director about the abortion debate, of course. This week it’s her movie, her choice as we discuss Ashley’s pick, dark comedy CITIZEN RUTH (1996) by Alexander Payne. Ashley and Dave marvel at Laura Dern’s ability to render a character with virtually no redeemable qualities as vaguely loveable, and the fact that this film still feels extremely relevant even 20 years later. Plus an appearance by the late, great Burt Reynolds, and SaWT favorites Mary Kay Place and Swoosie Kurtz.

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